By WILLIAM PAINE
Friends, Neighbors and lovers of quirky art installations – Lend us your ladders! The latest and no doubt the tallest art project ever attempted by members of the Fine Art Center for the New River Valley is scheduled to begin next week in Pulaski’s Jackson Square.
Together We Rise: Pulaski is a temporary art installation that is dependent on community support and by that we mean community members who are willing to lend their ladders to the FAC for about a month.
Artist Charlie Brouwer will begin counting ladders and formulating his ideas beginning this Monday. Ladders will begin to rise skyward Tuesday starting at 3 p.m. when Charlie and his assistant Barry Keller will begin their work. Each of the subsequent days of next week, the artists will be at Jackson Park from 3 till 6 p.m. securing one ladder to the next using heavy duty zip ties.
Why not come down to Jackson Park and watch the magic happen?
The final ladder will be placed on the Together We Rise: Pulaski sculpture on the evening of Saturday May 6, with the project formally finishing at 6 p.m. The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce perform a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark this auspicious occasion and the Greater Pulaski Junior Appalachian Musicians (GRAPeJAM) will add a musical element by playing a few songs.
Those wanting to add a ladder to the sculpture may do so between the hours of 3 and 6 from Tuesday May 2 till the following Saturday May 6. All ladders will be accepted … even toy ladders.
Members of the Fine Art Center will be on hand to register and tag your ladder and add your name to the list of ladder lenders. This list of names will be featured prominently alongside the sculpture, which will remain up for the entire month of May.
Ladders will also be accepted at the Fine Arts Center for the NRV at 21 West Main Street in Pulaski from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Those interested in lending a ladder but need to have their ladder picked up are encouraged to visit the website or Facebook page of the Fine Art Center for the FAC or call (540) 980-7363 or (540) 577-5917.
Together We Rise: Pulaski!